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Pepsi Refresh Project donates money to Lily Pad

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ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –The Pepsi Refresh Project is giving away more money. Just recently they donated $2,000  to the Lily Pad.

With budget cuts on a state and federal level, this money came at the right time. We've already had one winner from the area, Lonnie Bates in Tifton won a $250,000 grant.

Pepsi Refresh Project is about helping people. "Pepsi has made a national statement about the importance of philanthropy. We're honored they think the mission of the Lily Pad is worthy," said Executive Director Karen Kemp. 

Their mission is to deliver compassionate, confidential services to victims of child and adult sexual assault. "We're just so please that they thought enough about us to recognize it. And we're going to purchase some well needed equipment with that grant," said Kemp. 

They give forensic medical exams and interviews to victims abuse. "We needed a 35mm camera, also a dedicated computer for back up files, and comfort items for our clients," said Kemp. 

How was the decision made to help the Lily Pad? "On the local level, we kind of look and see who is benefiting the community," said  General Manager of Buffalo Rock Mike McDonald.

The Lily Pad supports 35 counties throughout southwest Georgia. "It touches my heart especially, when it comes to little children. Without the money to help these children no one else would be able to," said McDonald.

Every penny is needed for the Lily Pad with budget cuts on the state and national level. "We hope to work with the organization through other resources. Maybe some donations of product for the kids and supplies for staff," said McDonald.

"Since we got the funding for this equipment, we're able to take other funds and put them toward direct victim services," said Kemp. 

More funds for the Lily Pad will help victims of sexual abuse.

Their still requesting help from the public. They need new or gently used clothing for victims.

Traci Henry's special needs play park is another idea in the area up for a 50,000 grant. In order to win her idea has to be in the top 10 by the end of the month.

For more information on how to vote visit http://www.facebook.com/#!/butterflykissesplayground

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